Canadian Media Production Association, Producers Guild of America sign cooperation agreement
TORONTO, September 10, 2015—The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA) today signed an international affiliation agreement to expand opportunities for co-production between Canadian and U.S. film, television and digital media producers. The CMPA is the leading trade association for independent producers in Canada. The PGA represents, protects and promotes the interests of its members in the United States and abroad.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sets guidelines for mutual cooperation and information exchange between the two organizations and marks an important step in strengthening working relationships between Canada and the United States.
“We believe the co-production model is an important path to supporting quality productions as the industry-at-large reaches out to audiences around the globe,” says Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, CMPA. “This alliance with our American cousins will enable both sets of members to explore new partnerships for increased market success.”
“For many of our producers, Canada has been almost a second home. Between the talented crews, diversity of shooting environments and its unwavering support of aggressive production incentives, it’s easy to see why the ‘Great White North’ has become a destination for savvy producers,” says Vance Van Petten, Executive Director Producers Guild of America. “With this agreement, I look forward to even closer collaboration between our creative communities, and even more vivid and challenging stories to emerge from our partnership.”
The CMPA has recently signed similar undertakings with the Interstate Association of Audiovisual Industry in Brazil, and with the Screen Producers Association of Australia.